Stuck in NaNoWriMo

It's easy to get stuck during NaNoWriMo. After writing 31,673 words in 19 days or perhaps even 5,000 words in a few days, what else could be written? The story has a plot, but there's no clear path of where the story is going. I've gotten to this point a lot during this NaNoWriMo. Before … Continue reading Stuck in NaNoWriMo

Character names

The other day, Hank Green made a video, answering questions about his new book. I had to pause the video at one point, because he said something about writing characters that is so true. "You put in a placeholder and that becomes their name. And you can't ever change it because you cannot imagine that character … Continue reading Character names

What writing classes always are…

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Those are only intro classes. Writing classes, also known as writing workshops, never have over eighteen people usually. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we … Continue reading What writing classes always are…

What book saved me?

I stopped reading when I was about six. That’s strange to say, right? Here I am: a storyteller, a writer. But I also have a tough past with reading. Around first grade, I got tired of being tested for reading. I hated reading something just to get brought hard comprehension questions. I didn’t understand any … Continue reading What book saved me?

Oh. You want the truth?

Oh. You want the truth? It’s a bit messy. It’s the joke your friends make that you shyly laugh off. It’s the smiles and tears that come when someone finally sees the end. It’s the hours upon hours of sitting in one place, hoping the mixture of words turn out better than where it started, … Continue reading Oh. You want the truth?

Am I good enough?

There’s one sentence that always haunts a writer’s mind. Am I good enough? The story, which is a part of us, is almost like our own child and it’s scary that our own stories cause us to wonder: Am I good enough? Even if it’s the story that needs to be fixed, the blame is … Continue reading Am I good enough?